Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today it is enjoyed by millions around the world.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,308
Reviews:
855
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
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194
Gots:
322
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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a hint of transparency around the edges. Good head retention on this one.

Smell: Charred malts with a touch of acidity. Not a ton going on in the aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Baker's chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. I'm surprised at how much this still tastes like regular old Guinness, just with actual flavor and body. Dry through and through with a medium-full body. This is excellent stuff, it's a shame that it has such limited distribution.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from johnnnniee. Thanks! Definitely one of the cooler extras I've ever received.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a couple in the British Virgin Islands.

A - Poured out a jet black color with a caramel colored, two-finger head that left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of rich malt. Chocolate and caramel flavors were quite strong, too. It had a coffee like taste.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great beer, far better than the version we get in the states.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/29/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast malt and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for the bottle. Shared with family and tasted side-by-side with a can of the Draught. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a mocha head and some good lacing. Really good retention overall. The nose brings quite a bit of roast and chocolate with a hint of buttery diacetyl, though this never reaches an unappetizing level. The taste is more roast with a nice, dry coffee character. There is a touch of bitter dark chocolate in the background as well. Dry roast is what really sticks with me. Impressive in that this is fairly complex, though I'll say that the feel did not really help the flavor, as the finish was too dry for my liking. It left me parched, which is a good goal for the brewer, I suppose.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A mild roasted aroma with lots of caramel and hint of molasses. Some fruity notes in the background, a little bit of plum and red apple.

T - Dark caramel and mocha notes up front with a little bit of red apple. Some spicy, chicory notes in the middle with a hint of licorice. The malt character darkens significantly in the finish with lots of coffee, smoke, burnt caramel, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and much more enjoyable than the draught. The roast character is very strong, especially in the finish and has a nice level of complexity with molasses, smoke, and spicy licorice giving the beer a depth that one doesn't normally associate with Guinness. Despite the robust flavor the beer finishes relatively dry with just a little bit of caramel sweetness to round out the roast character, this dryness helps to keep the beer drinkable to the end of the glass.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this in my area finally.Poured into my Guiness pint glass deep near pitch black except for a bit of tawny highlights when held into some light,a well formed toasted almond colored one finger head atop.Great aromas of deep roast coffee,bitter chocolate,and sweetish rum,all came together really well.Huge roasty flavors from the onset,bitter and racey with bitter chocolate elements,just sweet enough with some dark fruit,and molasses notes to keep everything together well.This a great export stout,I loved drinking this.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice aggressive pour yields a thick rich 2 finger darker colored head over just about pitch black color, with slight hints of light in the corners. The head leaves a nice lacing as it fades very slowly.

Nose is just about what I expected, light fluffy creamy dark malts, some light roast, that typical Guinness like patented aroma but with extra darkness and bitterness.

Taste comes creamy, somewhat rich, again the typical Guinness flavor but extra stoutness and bitterness. Fairly bitter, with even a bit of earthy hops I think. A bit of a minerality and briny taste, and hint of booze. Some chocolate and very light coffee roast. Finishes still somewhat sticky sweet but a bit of dryness, with some lingering bitterness, light minerality, and dark sweet malt resins.

Mouth is fairly heavy and pretty creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty smooth, some light lingering sweetness and stickyness, a bit of booze, and fair amount of bitterness.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle from Ireland served in a snifter. As almost anyone reading this already knows, this is a near black brew with a towering, creamy, beige-hued head with very good retention and attractive lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dark roasted barley nose with hops, mild alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Richer than I remember, this has a load of dark, roasted barley with a bit of dark fruit and toffee, a hint of coffee, and a touch of smokey molasses. Eventually, some earthy/herbal hops join in, making for a good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; medium-light carbonation; nicely soft and creamy

O: It's been at least a few years since I've had this, having had a good number of fine stouts from around the world in the meantime. I was pleasantly surprised: this certainly exceeded my expectations. Surprisingly satisfying and flavorful given the standard/common Guinness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and faint chocolate. Then a hearty malt character comes in but it's on the thin side for the style. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are others that are better in the style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a finger tall tan head. Good head retention and moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts and hints of coffee bitterness.

T: Dark malts, roasted malts, coffee bitterness, and a hint of toffee. Good balance.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Nice balance of malt sweetness and coffee bitterness. Easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +1%

11.2 ounce brown bottle. Best before date 19:15 whatever that means.

A: Pours black with crimson edges under a lofty 2-finger thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Sweetly roasted malts, chocolate cake batter, faint vanilla, sherry-like note, wood, earthy.

T: Follows nose with minor heat noticed, bittersweet chocolate, faint char.

M: Full body and full carbonation. Rich, smooth, creamy chocolate and roasty finish.

O: Not the usual Guinness stout, this is way better.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 28/03/11.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with thin garnets hints at the edges and a big, burgeoning, beige-hued head with good retention.

Smell: Roasty nose with an ardor for bulk chocolate and notes hinting at coffee, salted caramel, and a small splash of lightly tart black currant wine.

Taste: Dark, roasted barley with tones of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and smokey molasses. Medium sweetness. Fruity touch of cassis creeps in midway through. Small hint of licorice. The roastiness meshes well with the floral, herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Small carbonic pinch. The finish starts off malty and sweetish with a hint of alcohol, but eventually trails off into a dull bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit over medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation for a fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Flavorful and satisfying, the two things I find woefully lacking with the standard-issue Guinness.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with 4 fingers of mocha head. Very good head retention & above average lacing.

S: Roasty malt by the ton, faint dark fruit notes & carob

T: Roasty, slight hints of coffee, charred grain, dryness & woody hops up front. Slight Baker's chocolate notes mix with roastyness as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with woody hops

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & nice balance

Crazy drinkability, this seems sessionable, not sure I would have the guts to try. Pretty much as good as I remember if being back in the day...

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a massive 2.5 finger tan/brown colored head. This slowly dissipated to about one finger of foam that lasted for the rest of the time drinking. Lacing covers the entire glass. Picture perfect.

S: Quite roasty with some bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee and cream. Very thick aroma, slight alcohol presence at first that is gone by the end.

T: Nice chocolate flavor, both bitter and a little bit of dark. There is some coffee/espresso in the midpalate with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and sticky. No sign of the slight bit of alcohol from the nose.

O: A very nice beer, one the best from Guinness. Would love for it to be a touch creamier, I can imagine this beer on nitro would be fantastic.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive non-nitrogen created head. Leaves plenty of spotty lace. The liquid is near black where no light shines through.

Dark chocolate aroma with a touch of caramel. Mildly sweet and a dab of chalkiness.

Burnt malt flavor with a creamy swallow. Very much like an iced coffee without sugar. I think I detect some alcohol warmth. Not harsh, but still very bitter from the deeply toasted malts.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better then I thought it was going to be I have to admit. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 07/01/2010.

The pour was a dark black, no light coming through this one at all with a nice tan head of about two inches capping the top. Nice lacing settling down but eventually a mostly bare top was left without much around the sides.

Aroma is very roasty and smoked. Nice hints of underlying bitter chocolate and sweetness laying around as well. Feel was a touch thin, but other then that seemed to work well as the deep roasted chcocolate came across clearly and the nice roasted and smoked malts added a nice touch.

Overall much better then I thought it would be for sure, Would not mind seeing this one again.

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4.06 out of 5 based on 2,308 ratings.
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